DamNation wins award at the 2014 Environmental Film Festival

The film DamNation has received the Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy at the 2014 Environmental film Festival in WashingtonD.C.  The festival will run from March 18-30th.

Here’s a description of the film from the EFF’s website:

“The Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy, a new award in this year’s Festival, will be presented to DamNation (USA, 2014, 94 min.),a film capturing the growing momentum behind river restoration and dam removal. Directors Travis Rummel and Ben Knight will receive the award at the film’s Washington, D.C. premiere on March 30, the Festival’s closing night, at the Carnegie Institution for Science.”

We look forward to watching it and applying its ideas as we seek to advocate for the preservation of White River.  We hope our public officials will also take careful notice.

Congratulations to the film’s directors and sponsors!  

Citizens Water: Regional reservoir not needed during next 25-year plus period

Citizens Water has been conducting an Integrated Water Resources Planning effort over the past year or so, and recently presented its findings to CW’s Service Advisory Board.

Executive Vice-president for External Affairs Jeff Willman made a presentation February 19th at the regular monthly meeting of the SAB.

He covered a lot of material regarding supply and demand for future water supply in the central Indiana area, and it was interesting to hear more of the details about where the supplies come from and what the level of demand might be in the years ahead.

The planning horizon year was 25 years out— 2037.  Their analysis concluded, in part, that “Regional Sources” of supply, i.e. a regional reservoir or a pipeline to the Ohio or Wabash rivers would not be needed during the period under their forecast growth rate of 0.65% per year.  It indicated the existing local sources of water would be adequate for the next 30 to 40 years.

It’s unfortunate that this information was not made available to the Indiana Finance Authority when it was considering the CED’s application for drinking water planning funding.  It’s also unfortunate that the IFA, nor apparently any other state agency, bothered to consult with Citizens Water about future supply needs before Governor Pence decided to award $650,000 to the CED for another feasibility study.

The slides used in the presentation are available upon request.  We’ll inquire whether Citizens Water intends to produce a more detailed/explanatory report on this planning information.

Lao-Tsu and Leopold on love and conservation education

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love… We will love only what we understand…We will understand only what we are taught.”    Lao-Tsu

“Man always kills the things he loves, so we the pioneers have killed the wilderness.  Some say we had to.  Be that as it may, I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in.  Of what avail are 40 freedoms without a blank spot on the map.”                                                                       Aldo Leopold,   A Sand County Almanac, 1948

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and the land.  Despite nearly a century of propaganda, conservation still proceeds at a snail’s pace. Progress still consists largely of letterhead pieties and convention oratory.  On the back forty we still slip two steps backward for each forward stride….. The usual answer to this dilemma is “more conservation education”.  No one will debate this, but is it certain that only the volume of education needs stepping up?  Is something lacking in the content as well? “               Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

Love is in the air

The following account was posted on the Indiana Bird List-Serve today–

“We just moved into our new house near Eagle Creek Park.  My grandkids gave my wife …and me an Audubon clock that sings out bird calls on the hour.  We put the clock next to the large window that looks out onto our deck and back yard.  We have not put up any feeders yet but yesterday, curiously, a Cardinal landed on the deck banister and looked into our window. This morning I looked out and a Carolina Wren was looking into our window, the little wren only inches from the window. its tail perked up into the alert position.  I glanced at the clock ant it had just turned 7 o’clock. The clock had just given its 7 o’clock bird call, the call of the Carolina Wren!”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

(The Indiana Audubon Society’s Board of DIrectors has previously voted a position of opposition to the planned dam and reservoir which would destroy so much wildlife and nesting habitat along the river.)